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By November 21, 2022
  • Full Time
  • Grand Island, NE
  • January 31, 2023

State of Nebraska Department of Transportation


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Grand Island, NE
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Department of Transportation
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This is an entry-level field engineer position with opportunity for advancement!
This is an excellent position to learn civil and construction engineering principals, as well as start connecting with other professionals in the transportation industry.

Be a part of an exciting and challenging team with the Nebraska Department of Transportation that will make a positive impact on the lives of Nebraska’s traveling public! We are seeking a talented, energetic, and dedicated person who possesses a bachelor’s degree in engineering, or will obtain one by May 2023, or is a Licensed Professional Engineer. Secure your job today and see what success looks like in a supportive and challenging work environment that promotes professional development and career growth.

We reward our employee’s hard work with a friendly and supportive work environment and a comprehensive benefits package which includes:

• State-matched retirement contribution of 156%!
• 13 paid holidays
• Generous leave accruals that begin immediately
• A culture that embraces work-life balance
• Military leave
• Tuition reimbursement program
• Dependent tuition reimbursement program with partnering Nebraska community colleges
• Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) through the Federal government
• 79% employer paid health insurance plans
• Dental and vision insurance plans
• Employer-paid $20,000 life insurance policy
• Wide variety and availability of career advancement as the largest and most diverse employer in the State
• Opportunity to be part of meaningful work and make a difference through public service
• Training and development based on your career aspirations
• Job security and stability, even during times of economic hardship
• Employee Assistance Program
• Fun, inviting teammates

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in engineering will be hired at the Engineer level – $26.067.

Licensed Professional Engineer applicants will be hired at the Professional Engineer I level – $29. 716.

Please reach out to Heather Vieth, Talent Acquisition Partner, at 402-326-2370, if you have questions or to learn more.

Apply today using our new quick apply process! Just attach your resume when prompted. No resume? Use the text box provided to tell us about your experience and qualifications.

Examples of Work
Act as an inspector or lead inspector on various heavy highway construction operations such as grading, culvert, bridge, asphalt, concrete paving, erosion control, wetland mitigation, etc. Perform quality testing of materials including concrete, asphalt, aggregate, etc. Act as survey party personnel or survey party chief on preliminary and construction surveys. Coordinate engineering and
construction schedules with contractors. landowners, utilities, etc. Prepare and maintain complete and accurate records of materials tested and used, work performed, verify compliance to special provisions, plans, specifications and estimates. Read and interpret special provisions, plans, specifications, estimates, standards, manuals, procedures, and other related materials in the solution of
highway construction problems. Verify and redesign plans as necessary to fit field conditions. Supervise and train other employees as necessary. Perform limited project manager duties in their absence. As necessary, meet with interested parties including landowners, utilities, businesses, and interested public affected by highway construction projects.

On-the-job and formal training will be provided.

Qualifications / Requirements
Engineer: Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering discipline. This position requires passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam within one year of employment.

Professional Engineer I: Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline. Must possess a Professional Engineer (P.E.) license at the time of application and be licensed by the Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects at time of employment or be able to obtain such license within 90 days of employment.

Must sit for PE at first opportunity.

PREFERRED: Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. Successful completion of FE/EIT examination. Knowledge of modern methods and techniques of highway construction, highway maintenance, surveying and materials testing.
Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook or equivalent. Several years of both design and construction/field experience.

OTHER: Engineering degrees must be from an EAC/ABET-accredited program (or evaluated by NCEES as equivalent). Will be required to obtain and maintain various certifications such as soil & concrete testing. Driver’s license is required. Must be able to report to work within 45 minutes of notification under normal conditions.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Skill in effective communications. Skill in mathematics and engineering problem solving related to heavy highway construction. Ability to read, interpret, and apply plans and related specifications. Skill in use of computer programs to communicate, record and analyze information related to work. Ability to act in a professional manner in work and public situations. Ability to effectively relate and work with coworkers, supervisors, contractors, landowners, and interested public. Ability to develop necessary professional relationships in order to be effective. Skill in organization and record keeping. Ability to manage multiple tasks and information effectively and accurately with attention to detail. Ability to
work outdoors approximately 75% of the time in differing weather conditions typical of construction worksites. Ability to lift up to 100 pounds, climb, bend, stoop, walk long distances and work long hours, possibly weekends, in outdoor
temperature extremes. Regular and reliable attendance is required. Must also have the ability to assign and delegate tasks and activities, as needed.

NDOT Encourages Applicants of All Ages and Experience.

To apply, applicants must complete the online application; resumes alone will not be accepted



To apply for this job email your details to valerie.kimble@nebraska.gov

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